You know we loving journaling here at Fertility Health Coaching. But if you find that Baby&Me is too much of a commetment at this point in time, you should check out the Nurture Fertility Journal by: Nicola Salmon
We are in an era of information overload. Wherever you look, there are a thousand and one different ways you can improve your fertility, but how do you know what works and what is just a waste of time and money?
Whether you are trying to work out what supplements to take, which foods to eat or how to reduce your stress, I bet you’ve felt “fertility FOMO” (FOMO = fear of missing out, we all like a good fertility acronym right?) at least once before. Maybe this one, will be “the one”?
So where do you start?
How on earth can you possibly decide what is going to work without a degree in medicine and 100 hours researching each option?
The good news is you don't need either of those things. What you do need is some curiosity and a willingness to try something different.
Instead of DOing, we need more BEing.
Our bodies are incredible things. There are thousands upon thousands of different processes going on in our bodies every minute that we don't even have to think about. We don't have to tell our body to digest our food when we eat or increase our heart rate when we exercise. The body has the capacity to run and heal itself.
When we start to listen to our bodies, something magical happens. All those annoying symptoms and aches become your bodies way of communicating with you.
When you start to listen, you learn what foods, supplements and habits will help you live your healthiest life. This is where journaling becomes the best tool you can use.
You can start with a simple notepad and pen. Each day write down some simples things such as:
• What and when you ate. (No calorie counting or judgement, just what it was)
• What and when you drank.
• How your energy varied throughout the day
• How your mood varied throughout the day
• When and how you moved your body
• Any symptoms, aches, pains etc
• Where you are in your menstrual cycle
• How much sleep you got
With this information, you will begin to see patterns. They will be completely personal to you. Here are some examples
1 - You have trouble getting to sleep if you drink coffee at 5pm.
2 - Exercising in the morning makes your feel productive all day.
3 - You get a headache if you haven’t drunk enough water the day before.
4 - Your mood and energy will change depending on your cycle.
5 - You feel bloated in the afternoon after having milk on your cereal in the morning.
This information is priceless. It’s your personal instruction book to leading a healthy life.
Once you get started with this practice, you will notice your body changing as you react to what it is telling you. Finally you'll have the power to make a difference in your health.
Nicola Salmon is a fertility coach, acupuncturist and author of the Nurture Fertility Journal. She is dedicated to supporting women struggling to get pregnant and help them make the best decisions around their health and wellbeing.
She has struggled with her own fertility issues and strongly believes that no-one should travel this path alone. Whatever your story, Nicola will support you to choose what is right for you and feel safe in the knowledge that you have made the best possible decision.